CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jason Michael Lewis, 40, passed away on Aug. 31, 2013, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. after an extremely short battle with kidney cancer. He was born in Traverse City on Nov. 12, 1972, to Michael Lewis and Kathleen Millross.
Jason graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1991, where he participated in several activities including the varsity soccer team. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1996. He received a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing from the University of Michigan in 2002. He also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 2002.
On July 18, 1998, Jason married his college sweetheart Dana LaFranca in Sterling Heights, Mich. They have three children.
Jason’s career began with an engineering internship at Johnson Controls in Plymouth, Mich. After graduation, he worked as an engineer at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Upon completion of his MBA, he accepted a consulting position with McKinsey & Company in the Detroit office. After the birth of his third son, he accepted a business executive position with the General Electric Company. He and his family moved to several locations with GE including Connecticut; Washington and most recently, Charlottesville, Va. He was presently working as the General Manager of Global Professional Services for General Electric Company.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Dana; sons, Noah, Owen and Luke; father, Michael (Beverly) Lewis; mother, Kathleen (David) Millross; sister, Mary Beth (Brad) Forester; paternal grandmother, Jane Lewis; in-law’s, Bill (Nancy) LaFranca; sister-in-law, Lisa (Austin) Shellito; brother-in-law, James (Allison) LaFranca; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A life celebration is planned in honor of Jason Lewis at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Oak Pointe Church in Novi, Mich.